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Nottawasaga Lookout Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada
Nikon D800, Nikkor 18-35mm lens @ 35mm
ISO 100
f16 @ 8 seconds

When I was a kid I used to love watching a TV series called “Land of the Lost,” which aired on the NBC network from 1974 -1976. This series was essentially about a family that was trapped in an alternate universe inhabited by dinosaurs. There are a few locations throughout Ontario, especially along the Niagara Escarpment where I am often reminded of this show as the landscape really does make you feel as though you are entering a different world. On a recent excursion last week I found myself again in this situation. The place was the Nottawasaga Lookout Provincial Park which is a small, park with no services, just hiking trails. The hiking trails are part of the historic Bruce Trail that runs from Niagara River to Tobermory. This trail is more than 890 kilometres in  length with an additional 400 plus kilometres of side trails. Within the Nottawasaga Lookout Provincial Park we find the Standing Rock and Caves Side Trail which is where all of today’s images were created. After climbing down into the first crevice blue trail markers guide you through the deep, cool crevices with walls that are draped in thick carpets of moss, liverworts, and numerous species of ferns. I spent the better part of about 4 hours exploring these crevices and will definitely need to schedule a return trip to complete the exploration. I took only two lenses with me on this excursion; the Nikkor 18-35mm lens and the Laowa 12mm Zero D lens. The conditions in the crevices were very cool temperatures and due to the steep crevice walls many of the exposures were seconds long. The day was a hot, muggy kind of day but down in the crevices I was actually catching a chill. When I made my out of the crevices my lenses fogged immediately upon exposure to the warmer, humid air. Here are several images created during my first outing to this newly discovered location.

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Nottawasaga Lookout Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada
Nikon D800, Laowa 12mm f2.8 Zero D Lens
ISO 100
f16 @ 3 seconds

 

Nottawasaga Lookout Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada
Nikon D800, Laowa 12mm f2.8 Zero D Lens
ISO 100
f16 @ 4 seconds

 

Nottawasaga Lookout Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada
Nikon D800, Laowa 12mm f2.8 Zero D Lens
ISO 100
f16 @ 1 seconds

 

Nottawasaga Lookout Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada
Nikon D800, Laowa 12mm f2.8 Zero D Lens
ISO 100
f16 @ 3 seconds

 

Nottawasaga Lookout Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada
Nikon D800, Laowa 12mm f2.8 Zero D Lens
ISO 100
f16 @ 1.6 seconds

 

Nottawasaga Lookout Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada
Nikon D800, Laowa 12mm f2.8 Zero D Lens
ISO 100
f16 @ 30 seconds

 

In the below image we can see how the center slab of rock, millions of years ago, broke free of the rock wall on the right and went crashing into the rock wall on the left side of the composition.

 

Nottawasaga Lookout Provincial Park, Ontario, Canada
Nikon D800, Nikkor 18-35mm lens @ 35mm
ISO 100
f16 @ 25 seconds

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Hogg’s Falls, Flesherton, Ontario, Canada
Nikon D800, Laowa 12mm f2.8 Zero D Lens
Nisi Polarizing Filter
ISO 50
f16 @ 1/5 sec

It has been several years since I have made the short one hour drive to Hogg’s Falls on the Boyne River along the Niagara Escarpment near Flesherton, Ontario, however, with perfect over-cast conditions this past Monday I felt it was time to make a return trip and this time I would be taking along my extreme wide angle Laowa 12mm f2.8 Zero D lens, complete with the newly arrived Nisi Filter System that allows me to fit a polarizing filter over the bulbous front element of the lens to effectively polarize scenes such as the one featured in today’s post. I am loving the 12mm perspective that is offered by this amazingly sharp, light weight lens and foresee many return visits to some of my most favorite locations throughout Ontario to create unique, ultra wide, landscape imagery. To create this extreme wide angle view of Hogg’s Falls first required me to climb down into the gorge, secondly find an angle where the spray from the cascading water would not be too problematic, and finally position my camera low to the river.

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Hilton Falls_5511

As mentioned in my previous post, after photographing the old, rusted out cars and trucks in Rockwood, Ontario I made a brief visit to nearby Hilton Falls on Sixteen Mile Creek. This lovely waterfall is one of the many waterfalls that are found along the Niagara Escarpment and is located in the Hilton Falls Conservation Area.. When photographing waterfalls it is always wise to create images from several different perspectives.  One of the perspectives I am particularly fond of is that which can be created at the crest of the falls, looking over the edge. To photograph the scene above I chose to work from a narrow ledge beside the river at the crest of the falls. I excluded most of the surrounding forest due to the significant leaf fall, opting to include as much of the river’s flow pattern as possible. I did retain enough of the far bank and the brink of the cascade to maintain a sense of place in the resulting image. Hope you like the results 🙂

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Balls Falls, Twenty Mile Creek, Ontario

Sorry for the lack of posts to the blog lately folks. I have been very busy lately with various projects, not too mention by bad back acting up on me. With the workload nearing an easing up time period and my back pain subsiding somewhat, I have been going through many of my image files that I have been unable to attend to until now. Above you will be Balls Falls on the Twenty Mile Creek along Ontario’s Niagara Escarpment, an UNESCO World Biosphere. Often I have visited this waterfall and there has been virtually no waterfall due to low levels of rainfall. This past spring was rather wet and it made for some excellent waterfall photography, especially along the Niagara Escarpment. This is one of my favorites from my visit to Balls Falls. And below you will see that I just could not resist the temptation to run the image through Topaz Labs ‘BW Effects’ plugin for Photoshop. I have saved a selection of settings in BW Effects for my ‘waterfall preset’ and will share those settings in an upcoming post soon. Hope you like today’s images.

Balls Falls with BW Effects applied

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Spencer Gorge Wilderness Area

I have been busy processing a backlog of images from this past spring, summer and fall and also trying to catch up on much needed rest. While going through my files I came across this small cascade that I photographed at Webster’s Falls in the Spencer Gorge Wilderness Area in Hamilton, Ontario. This is found along the Niagara Escarpment. The Hamilton region is noted for its numerous waterfalls on the Niagara Escarpment, many of them really only show any flow after periods of significant rainfall. I found this one to be particularly attractive with the escarpment wall for a backdrop. After processing the image file I decided to run it through Topaz Labs B&W Effects to create the effect you see above.

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Ball’s Falls on Twenty Mile Creek

A couple of weeks ago I had some spare time and the weather conditions were favorable for photographing waterfalls, so I headed off to a few additional falls that I had hoped to shoot this year before the river’s flow diminished too much. Many of the Niagara Escarpment, a world biosphere, waterfalls dry-up in summer, so you must shoot them in spring and early summer or during periods of extended rainfall. In the image of Ball’s Falls above the cascade is substantially reduced due to a couple of weeks of dry weather. On this particular day it did begin to rain, rather heavy at times and I was forced to seek shelter beneath the gorge wall where I photographed this composition with my 12-24mm lens and polarizing filter attached. A more intimate view of the falls was composed below using the 80-400mm VR lens (with VR off).

Ball’s Falls details

Below you will see Grindstone Falls found in the town of Waterdown, Ontario. This waterfall also goes by the names Great Falls, Waterdown Falls and Smokey Hollow Falls. A couple of months ago when I was at this location is was not possible to shoot the falls from below the cascade due to substantial and very dangerous river flow. After a couple of weeks of dryer weather I returned to make this image. Above the falls too much white sky was visible and the viewing platform would be an unpleasant distractions so I composed the scene to eliminate these. A rotten stench would drift by periodically and I soon became aware of a dead white-tailed deer among the rocks on the far bank of the river. I presume the deer had become caught in the river over had gone over the falls and drowned – a testament to how dangerous the river was upon my first visit.

Grindstone Falls

Beamer’s Falls in the town of Grimsby along Forty Mile Creek (photo below) was another waterfall that was too dangerous to attempt photographing in early spring so again I returned after a dry spell to photograph this picturesque cascade. This waterfall was reduced to a mere trickle, however, enough water was flowing over the crest to create this pleasing image. In hindsight, I wish I had shot this one as a panoramic…..something to keep in mind for my next visit.

Beamer’s Falls

I am off to Parry Sound for a few days. I am hoping to photograph the Common Loons that have returned to Horseshoe Lake and successfully hatched two adorable chicks!

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Grindstone Falls

A couple of weeks ago I decided to take a break from my springtime frog photography and spend a day doing landscapes. I hadn’t been out to do fresh landscape imagery for awhile so it felt great to get out. We have been having much rainfall this year and on another drizzly day I ventured out to the city of Hamilton, Ontario. Hamilton is known as the “waterfall capital of the world” with close to 100 waterfalls listed. Many of these waterfalls are merely the result of spring run-off cascading down the Niagara Escarpment, however, there are many substantial waterfalls to photograph. It is best to photograph these waterfalls during the spring as they will have nice flow. Usually by mid to late summer they dry up, but with the amount of rain southern Ontario has been having I think they will remain quite photogenic for longer this year. I found some of the falls to have too much flow, making it impossible to capture the scene I really wanted, due to excessive mist coming off the falls. In situations like this I often head up to the crest of the falls and shoot down river. When I need to shoot in the mist I use a clear plastic bag over my camera. I can compose my compositions and adjust my polarizer filter to my liking through this bag. When ther is a lull in the mist being cast I will take the bag off, quickly focus and trip the shutter. I then dry off any water drops from the polarizer filter and am ready to go again.

Webster’s Falls

Webster’s Falls is found in the Spencer Gorge Wilderness Area. It is hard to believe that you are only a stone’s throw away from a city of 500,000 people when you visit Webster’s Falls. This is the most impressive waterfall in Hamilton. Right now it has substantial flow and is well worth visiting.

Tews Falls

Tews Falls, on Logie’s Creek,  is also found in the Spencer Gorge Wilderness Area. Next to the Horseshoe Falls at Niagara, Tews Falls is the highest waterfall in southern Ontario with a height of 42 metres. Logie’s creek is a very shallow river so this waterfall will be reduced to a trickle or dry-up altogether during dry spells.

Tiffany Falls

The best place to shoot Tiffany Falls was to climb up the steep side of the gorge to a spot where there seemed to be little or no mist. The problem here was I could not fit the falls into a pleasing comp with my 12-24mm lens. The solution – shoot a vertical panoramic. I stitched together two horizontal images to give me this wide-vertical composition that includes the elements I wanted in the scene.

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